Friday, July 29, 2011

Lost and Found

The Flip video recorder! I must now recant what I blamed Matthew for. I am so relieved. And just in time for Yellowstone. Wahoo!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Matthew's Room

When we first moved in, the room that is now Matthew's had muted purple walls. They were not my favorite, but we were happy because Mira wanted her walls purple, which meant we didn't have to paint! Well, fast forward a year and a half and purple for a little boy's room doesn't really jive. I've had an idea in mind for a while. Matthew loves hearing planes flying through the sky. As soon as he does, he's looking up to find it. Then we both wave "Bye-bye!" and laugh.
It's finally coming together: sky-blue walls with sponged clouds. I loved the way it turned out. I ordered some vintage airplanes to stick to the walls. Those went up today and it looks pretty good. I have yet to acquire some vintage airplane tin/wood pictures for the other 2 walls. I've been eyeing a few of them and am excited to put those up in time...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Park City Getaway

At the beginning of summer, I told Chad I wanted to go all by ourselves to Park City and play like kids. I've been wanting to do the ZipRider, Alpine Slide, and Alpine Coaster. My parents made this possible by staying at our house to watch the kids for us. We used Mom and Dad Barnett's Camperworld pass to have a spot to pitch our tent. We had a pool, bathroom and showers, and even an electrical outlet to inflate our air mattress. So how "roughing it" can we call that?
After waking up Saturday, we packed up and took off to Park City. Our first stop was the Olympic Park, which was really something. We took a guided tour and watched a freestyle show. Those athletes are amazing! We did our fair share of "ooohing and aaahing."

It was a scorcher of a day, and we brought home a nice farmer's tan (or burn). But our next stop was to the rides at Park City. We picked the busiest day of summer to come, it being the 24th weekend. We had to wait in looong lines, but the rides were pretty great. I'd love to take the kids sometime. Here we are going up the chair lift to the Ziprider.

Then going up the coaster in preparation for the ride. It got my adrenaline going!

A view from the chair lift back toward all the festivities.

And on the chair lift again for the Alpine Slide.

I would've taken video of some of the rides, but it was prohibited. And would have taken away from the experience, anyway. I'm so glad we went. It felt wonderful and relaxing to be away and do whatever we wanted on our timetable for 25 whole hours!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Busy Little Boy

Matthew is getting down this walking thing. And with that comes speed. When he's got steady legs, he's a quick little thing, especially if he thinks you're coming after him. The last week or so he's been getting into so much mischief! If I want him contained, then I have to close all doors. He loves putting things into containers. For example: my cell phone in the garbage can. Luckily, I could call it and hear it ringing, and thus locate it. Unlike my Flip video recorder. I think that made it all the way to the dump. And a library DVD cover for which I had to pay $20. Then there are the toys down the vents, clothes down the toilets, etc. And there are stairs. He wants on those! I'm teaching him "go down on your belly," and he's getting the hang of it. But he could tumble down any time. He requires constant attention. The only times I can get things done is if he's down to sleep, Chad's home, or the kids want to watch him. Whew! But he's worth it.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Restaurant Club

For the past week Colin has been interested in gathering a few recipes to exchange with his friends. I was wondering what this was about, and now I have a better idea. Yesterday Colin and his friend, Orion asked if they could make some recipes. (And I'm thinking, "Messy, sticky, spills...) I said they could as long as they cleaned it all up. Then I just had to leave the room so I wouldn't be tempted to clean up after them or restrict their creativity.

This is what our counter looked like: I smelled things and heard a lot of commotion. After they'd made their concoctions, they invited the younger three into the kitchen to be the taste-testers.
Colin is recruiting new restaurant club members. Here is the paper he and Orion made up about their club:

Restaurant name: Colin and Orion's Eat Out

Motto: "Take it and eat it. It's good!"

Recipes: sugar fruit, Hershey's syrup delight, silver water, cocoa peanut butter cracker brittle, brown powder, cinnamon applesauce, fruit smoothies, orange julius.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Our Yard

It is wonderful to sit out in our yard and take in all the beautiful things growing around. Luckily for us, the previous owner was a pretty great gardener and really went to town on the trees and flowers. So now our biggest responsibility is weeding. And I don't mind it as long as I'm not doing it in the heat of the day.

This is Chad's favorite spot in the backyard. It has hollyhocks, tiger lilies, Canterbury bells, clover, and others for which I do not know their names (but I will learn!). The girls get a great view from their bedroom window.
And when we're sitting at our outdoor table, we get a beautiful view of mountains and sky only. It will be wonderful to watch these trees grow. Now isn't that a gorgeous sky? It looks like a painting. We have many colorful snapdragons and these pink daisy-like flowers. So interesting for the eye. A couple of these trees in the edge (the purple leaved ones) drive me bonkers. They are coming out as soon as I figure out what to replace them with. They grow messily and send out shoots which I'm constantly trimming back so it doesn't look like one big bush. Ideas for me? I think they are going to be a challenge to remove.
This is my favorite growing flowering spot. It is pretty right now, but in later summer it's practically blooming over and I adore it. I'm always drawn to it. Our wine barrel holds lettuce.
This is Chad's baby this year. He's worked hard planning and putting in the garden. We've got carrots, onions, cucumbers, green beans, peas, bell peppers, pumpkins, watermelon, cantaloupe, asparagus, and tomatoes. A few of these are going to be trial and error, I do believe. I don't know how some of the melons are going to do. We are anxiously awaiting a good crop of tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers. We've been harvesting the peas for a while, now. Chad takes some to work for lunch every day.
And now for the front yard. I wish I had a wide-angle lens to better capture all the pretty things growing. Lots of yellow.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Indepedence Day 2011

Our morning began with the West Jordan parade down Redwood. We got there 30 minutes before it started, and it was packed! We kindly asked if we could squeeze in and people were very accomodating. It was a terrific parade with lots of candy thrown, which means the kids were pacified.
Before we left that morning, I painted the kids' faces and sprayed blue spary in their hair (at Colin's request). Don't they look patriotic?

It was overcast (for which we were grateful), but it's hard to wait for the fun to begin.

There were horses, queens of this-and-that, firemen, rollerskaters, football teams, floats, karate demos, cheerleaders, etc. The girls were in heaven seeing all the lovely young women dressed up in their fancy dresses.

After the parade we came home, worked in the garden and cleaned out a wickedly filthy car. Then it was swimming and a neighborhood barbeque with fireworks. This Nervous Nelly of a mother was a bit gobsmacked at the young boys who were allowed to willy-nilly play with fireworks and lighters. I think this was our first year doing sparklers! In years past we've always gone to watch fireworks shows. But now fireworks that used to be illegal in Utah are allowed. So they're admittedly much cooler. The kids had a great time.
The night before we had a family home evening about Independence Day and what it means to be a good citizen. We talked about our freedoms--that not everyone in the world is allowed the freedoms we have. Colin was shocked to hear about some examples. We sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" and talked about their meanings. I did not realize that Francis Scott Key actually wrote this while he was on a British ship in 1814. It was inspirational, singing these together.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Camping at Knotty Pine

...or as my kids like to say it: Naughty Pine. This is a beautiful campground in the Unitas. Everything was so green. We took up our tent and met up with Alan, Janna, and Amber. It was a very nice time. Memory-making for everyone, I know.
We went swimming, made s'mores, went fishing, (cheated and watched a couple of movies in Grandma and Grandpa's trailer, ) played games. It was nice to have some extra hands to help out with Matthew. Everyone was happy to take turns entertaining him and keeping him out of mischief.

We had at least one prairie dog which would pop in and out of holes around our tent. And Matthew loved seeing the different dogs that people brought up with them.

Oh, Chad, always goofing off.

Now I get a real one. And here's how you'll catch Grandpa a good portion of the time. I can't say I wouldn't be doing the same thing if I wasn't running around after little ones so much.

The kids did light saber fighting (after watching Star Wars II) and some exploring.

We celebrated Matthew's birthday with the Barnetts while we were together. The older kids were all too happy to help him unwrap his gifts.

Colin is one awesome big brother. Always willing to help and love Matthew.

The putting together of the birthday toy. Always more difficult than it seems (especially with extra little hands).

Matthew thought the cupcake was yummy this time...without frosting.

My lovelies up at Mill Hollow Reservoir. Beautiful!

The kids were all anxious to try their hand at fishing. Grandpa and Chad took over the role of mentors. The boys each have a pole, but the girls were chomping at the bit for a turn. We might have to get them their own soon...

There's Micah excited to catch something!

Grandpa helps Colin out the first time. But Colin is a great caster.

Micah and Ella

And guess who caught the first fish?! Ella got herself a nice rainbow trout. She was thrilled. When we told her she could eat it, she said, "I don't want to eat it, I just want to hold it." And hold it she did. Again and again. She kept pulling it out of the water on it's line and handling her new friend. But we are having it for supper tonight, love.

There she is with her catch. And Mira's shouting something to her that begins, "Ugh! Ella, oh my goodness...!!"

Mira got a turn with Micah's pole. Grandpa was close by to assist. She had a few nibbles, but that's it.

And Micah caught one!

We had a really great time. Matthew did really well, it being his first time camping. The first night was darned cold, but the second was perfect. The kids slept reasonably well. We came back smelling like campfire, very dirty, and a little sunburnt (adults). We're looking forward to doing this again!